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Modern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) [Paperback]

Senia Paseta
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27 Mar 2003 Very Short Introductions
This is a book about the Irish Question, or more specifically about Irish Questions. The term has become something of a catch-all, a convenient way to encompass numerous issues and developments which pertain to the political, social, and economic history of modern Ireland.The Irish Question has of course changed: one of the main aims of this book is to explore the complicated and shifting nature of the Irish Question and to assess what it has meant to various political minds and agendas.

No other issue brought down as many nineteenth-century governments and no comparable twentieth-century dilemma has matched its ability to frustrate the attempts of British cabinets to find a solution; this inability to find a lasting answer to the Irish Question is especially striking when seen in the context of the massive shifts in British foreign policy brought about by two world wars, decolonization, and the cold war.

Senia Paseta charts the changing nature of the Irish Question over the last 200 years, within an international political and social historical context.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks (27 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192801678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192801678
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 12.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr Paseta is Tutorial Fellow in Modern History at St Hugh's College, Oxford. She is the recipient of numerous scholarships and prizes, including the J. G. Crawford Prize for Academic Excellence from the Australian National University.

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The Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland which came into effect on 1 January 1801 presents historians with a convenient but far from straightforward starting point for a survey of modern Irish history. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and readable guide to Irish history 22 April 2003
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This was the perfect book for someone like me, with an interest in Irish history but little time to wade through the larger tomes. Paseta writes clearly and engagingly and it's extremely readable; but what I liked most was to have a sensible fresh and modern voice to make sense of events usually shrouded by myth and political posturing. She doesn't pull her punches, but manages to come across as fair and balanced throughout.
I found myself engrossed not only in the bits I often read about (Home Rule, 1916, Northern Ireland) but even the mid-19th C stuff I usually avoid, to my shame! I now know a little bit more about how it all fits together and have plenty of ideas for further reading.
A great, thought-provoking little book - thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classwork 17 May 2013
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Bought for a class on Modern Irish History and this book offered a good starting point for many conversations in class and for papers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too short for the subject 13 Mar 2013
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I bought this book as course reading for an Adult Ed seminar on modern Irish history. Both the book and the course were much too short for such a complex subject ant they both exhibited the tendency to whitewash the less pleasant aspect of Irish behavior that I have found in all too many such sources. Incidentally, I am half Irish, but I prefer the truth. A better source of information on the shaping of modern (i.e. up to the Republic, about) is Flannery's excellent fictional trilogy, The Year of the French.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Irish History - sparknotes 14 Nov 2010
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While this book gives you a run-down of Irish history, it is hardly comprehensive. The Irish Famine, which killed a quarter of the Irish population? Didn't even get a whole chapter. Sure if you're a tourist and want some quick info on Ireland, this will work for you, but if you want a real history of Ireland, 180 pages just won't do it.
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